App of the Week: Lemon

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Whenever I go shopping, I always get a receipt, with the full intention of logging it later in my checkbook register. Five days later, I have a wallet full of crinkled receipts.

This week’s app of the week, Lemon, makes it a lot easier to figure them out — and if your New Year’s resolution is to become more organized, this might just help.

Here’s how it works: Whenever you get a receipt from, say, the grocery store, you take a picture of it in Lemon.

Lemon will scan your receipt and store it to a server. You might be thinking, okay, what’s so great about that? ¬†Within about 10-15 minutes, you’ll see this appear:

Yep. Lemon scans your receipt and figures out when you made the purchase, where you made it, and how much the total is. ¬†It automatically categorizes the purchase (in this case, “Groceries”), stores a photo of the receipt in case you need it, and keeps track of how much you’ve spent in a given week or month.


(Yes, I realize it didn’t spell “Chipotle” correctly.)

Lemon offers a paid subscription feature, which lists – line-by-line – every purchase you’ve made on a receipt. For me, it’s a little bit pricey ($12/month), so I’m sticking with the free version. It’s available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone. The Lemon folks recommend signing up for an account online, but it’s not necessary.

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